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Activision Blizzard Merger Official

By Aaron Linde, Jul 10, 2008 2:45pm PDT

Activision and Blizzard Entertainment parent Vivendi Games announced the completion of their multibillion dollar merger resulting in the creation...


"Vivendi Games will not exactly be a subsidiary under Activision. Activision Blizzard is a new ..."

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Activision Blizzard Merger Approved, Transaction Closes Tomorrow

By Aaron Linde, Jul 08, 2008 12:58pm PDT

Publisher Activision today announced that its merger with Blizzard Entertainment parent company Vivendi Games has been approved by shareholders,...


WoW: Wrath of the Lich King Due This Year; Ultra-Successful MMO Now Has 10.7M Subscribers

By Chris Faylor, May 14, 2008 3:26pm PDT

The second expansion pack for Blizzard's so-successful-it-hurts PC MMO World of Warcraft is due out in the second half of 2008, according to studio...


"I still wonder what this game looks like with the graphics MAXED out. My trusty ol' AGP 6800GT ..."

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Activision and Vivendi Break from ESA, Pass on E3; Four Other Companies Pull Out of Exhibition

By Aaron Linde, May 02, 2008 1:10pm PDT

Soon to be merged publishers Activision and Vivendi will not be attending this year's E3 Media and Business Summit and have withdrawn from the...


"I never like stories that cite "anonymous industry sources." Sometimes I can't help but think ..."

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50 Cent: Blood on the Sand Revealed

By Aaron Linde, Mar 26, 2008 1:45pm PDT

21st century warrior-poet 50 Cent is set to star in the newly unveiled 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand by Vivendi Games for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox...


""NO joO Dhawm fiddy GONNA FACK Tham terrsts UP! OH DAWG GoN bE TIGT, Hol on hol on I need ma mt ..."

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Activision Q3 Financials: $1.48B in Net Revenue, Vivendi Merger Expected To Close in Mid-2008

By Aaron Linde, Feb 07, 2008 4:27pm PST

New figures released in Activision's fiscal third quarter report reveals just how much cash the publisher raked in during the holiday season, as...


A Note on Electronic Arts

By Chris Remo, Jan 31, 2008 4:12pm PST

Over the past year or so, I have been fairly impressed with Electronic Arts. That's not to say I reserve full-on gamer excitement for EA in the...


"Since Riccitiello came on board, things have been looking up. He is well aware of EA's past ..."

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Blizzard Hoards $1.2 Billion in 2007

By Nick Breckon, Jan 30, 2008 2:06pm PST

Ever wonder what those record World of Warcraft subscription numbers translate to? Over a billion dollars in revenue, according to a Vivendi...


"^^^ What happened to me... I've not bought a single PC game all last year except WoW. And ..."

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World of Warcraft Nets 10 Million Subscribers

By Chris Faylor, Jan 22, 2008 9:36am PST

Blizzard Entertainment's unavoidable MMORPG sensation World of Warcraft (PC) now sports over 10 million active subscribers, the company has...


"It also allows people to play on slow laptops and not lag out in 25-40man content."

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Activision Claims Leading Publisher Slot for 2007

By Chris Remo, Dec 17, 2007 2:47pm PST

In an announcement today, publisher Activision stated it holds the number one home console and handheld video game publisher in the United States...


"That's precisely why these press releases are not particularly aimed at you. You just happened ..."

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Blizzard's Mike Morhaime Joins AIAS Hall of Fame

By Chris Faylor, Dec 12, 2007 9:47am PST

Blizzard Entertainment co-founder, president and CEO Mike Morhaime (pictured left) is the latest addition to the Academy of Interactive Arts &...


"Ask him if they're working on Diablo 3. If he says they have no real plans at this time, he's ..."

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Shacknews' Week in Review: December 7, 2007

By Carlos Bergfeld, Dec 07, 2007 4:38pm PST

Here's a quick summary of all this week's feature content, followed by some of the more prominent news items, in reverse chronological order....


"need more of the smaller news items, but yes.. I agree, the amount of work they put into the ..."

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Activision Blizzard: Blizzard Yet to Meet Full Potential, No Plans For Blizz. Franchises on Consoles

By Chris Faylor, Dec 03, 2007 6:27am PST

Speaking on the merger between Activision and Vivendi Games, Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy has labeled subsidiary Blizzard Entertainment as the...


"You clearly haven't played any Blizzard titles. Or maybe WoW, without knowing how MMO launches ..."

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Morning Discussion

By Jeff "geedeck" Gondek, Dec 03, 2007 6:01am PST

Alas, it is Monday again. Hate to be the herald of bad news, but at least my recap has plenty of material. We dropped a special edition ShackCast,...


"just in case anyone is looking for this on google or something it's from Time Trumpet - the ..."

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Vivactard/Blivendivision Formed, Industry Continues Morphing into Clumsy Lumbering Cyclops

By Chris Remo, Dec 02, 2007 11:53am PST

The writing has been on the wall for quite some time, but it is now as clear as it has ever been that the games industry is going the route of the...


"My point was more like even the mighty can fall, and there's always small indies competing with ..."

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